The Fine Line Between Genius and Madness

Now I’m not going to give any press to the “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!” kind of rant I heard today, but it DID get me thinking about those obsessed with conspiracy theories, either one theory in particular, or those just generally obsessed.  

The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they presume a level of group motivation, coordination, and most importantly, secrecy that’s unlikely to exist given the truism that a secret held by more than one person exponentially increases the likelihood of that secret being revealed per person in the know.   The fatal flaw of most of the other theories is that they presume that such secrecy HAS been maintained . . . except for the tenuous clues they attribute to either clumsiness or a comic book villain like desire to leave clues behind, neither of which really suits a shadowy network of master planners.

Of course, history has shown that sometimes the “nutjobs” are right, and that reason alone is enough to at least listen to a theory, no matter how wild eyed the speaker.  (Though, for the record, just as one can be paranoid AND have someone really out to get them, just because someone is right doesn’t necessarily make them a model of mental stability.)   But what frightens me most about conspiracy theories, however unlikely, is something I read in the Illuminati Card Game about their theorists:  

In a nuthshell, in the game they were used as an  “idea farm” for others more capable of actually IMPLEMENTING their more plausible ideas. 

THAT’S scary.

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